Former Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James will be hosting a charity game in Akron, Ohio in the coming months and the team’s pair of first-round draft picks will be by his side. James, along with friends Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul will be hosting what they have deemed to be a “Homecoming Tour,” four games played in the various select locals of each host’s preference.
While each stop on the tour (Akron, Chicago, East Rutherford and New Orleans) will have a different roster of players, Cavalier fans will have the opportunity to see both Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson take to the hardwood as the recently drafted youngsters will lace up their high-tops at the University of Akron James A. Rhodes Arena on December 1.
The tour is the brainchild of Creative Artists Agency, the representing party of all four men, will be a charity-based event with proceeds from the tour (include events such as food drives, educational outreach programs and clinics in each city)going directly to the four players’ charitable foundations. For those who are unable to attend each stop but would still enjoy viewing the games, tour sponsor Google Plus will stream each game live at HomecomingTour.com.
Both Iriving and Thompson have suited up with James – as well as other current NBA stars – this past off-season in various capacities. Thompson played in the South Florida All-Star Classic in October, dropping 14 points and seven rebounds in 12 minutes of play. Several weeks earlier, Irving played in Chris Paul’s charity gala, scoring 21 points while Thompson added four points and four rebounds.
The complete roster for the Akron game is yet to be confirmed, though it is expected that James and Wade’s teammate Chris Bosh will also be in town.